Hello All, I am using the version "turnkey-fileserver-11.2-lucid-x86" on a somewhat experimental setup, for me at least. I wanted to test turnkey in the most light-weight and frugal environment. I had a couple of old HP t5530 thin client lying around.
You can check its details over here.
This small machine has fixed 128MB RAM and I had a 512MB Flash DOM installed in it for storage. Although i did read somewhere that the turnkey team has tested the server in the most minimum setup of 256MB RAM, but I wanted to go below and beyond by trying the installation on this little guy. So i burned the ISO file on a USB flash stick using the unetbootin from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net
It makes the USB stick bootable with default GRUB screen of running the TurnKey from USB or installing it onto a harddisk. I chose the first option of running it from the disk, and after waiting for quite sometime (have to give the discount for miniscule RAM and old hardware) it showed me the standard options of selecting IP address and stuff and finally started the turnkey server. I could check it by connecting to this machine from another one at the default https://myipaddress:12341.
This was a good news so I went on by trying to install it on a harddisk, but since the internal 512MB is too little , I added another flash USB stick (4GB) to the thin client to be used as installation disk (to be booted from USB). I chose the manual partitioning and kept all the partitions on the USB Flash stick except the /var partition which i thought (might be for frequent access) should be kept in internal 512MB DOM disk.
The idea has worked and now I have a running TurnKey Fileserver on HP t5530. I have connected two USB harddisks (2TB each) to it and shared them via SAMBA networking. Have installed NTFS-3G in TurnKey Fileserver so the disks around mounted in fstab in read/write mode, somehow the standard ntfs filesystem built-in does not support SAMBA write on NTFS shares. The read/write rate i get on my CAT5 10/100MBps wired network is around 4MB/sec. Not very fast but enough for the while. I can stream the shared movies from the SAMBA shares to my NMT and XBMC based HTPC. The 1080p stuff streams without stuttering as well, more or less.
Have updated the ubuntu packages as well and tried the upgrade distribution option too. Everything works except that a major glitch. During reading/streaming or writing to the SAMBA shares, sometimes at totally random time intervals, the WIRED network connection to the turnkey server drops. The network adapter totally stops responding. When this happens I cannot ping the turnkey fileserver niether can I access the SAMBA shares or the WebMin interface. Seems like there is no network adapter present in the machine. The only solution to it is to physically turn-off the machine and turn it back on after which everything starts working normally untill the same network black out happens again.
I am no expert in CLI Linux, whatever the underlying Ubuntu has configrued is pretty much plug-n-play for the system devices. The network adapter as far as I know inside the machine is RealTek. You can check the datasheet here http://www.forestals.com/filebank/imagebank/products/T5530.pdf
Is there any way i can remedy the situation for a stable wired network connection, or maybe a way I can do troubleshooting or can get some logs to post over here for further guidance. Thanks for reading the long post and replying in advance.